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Directing a Scene from William Shakespeare's King Lear - Directing a Scene from William Shakespeare's King Lear The scene to be directed is the Storm Scene (Act 3.2). This crucial scene can be likened to a pivot, as it is situated directly in the centre of the play and sways the audiences view; either to build sympathy for King Lear so he is seen as a tragic hero, or to make the viewer believe King Lear gets what he deserves. As the director of a Shakespearian Tragedy the aim is to make the powerful, successful hero fall to a helpless, tragic end, and at the same time have a massive impact on the audience....   [tags: Papers] 2049 words
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Macbeth, King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing - Macbeth, King Lear and Much Ado About No Shakespeare writes his plays to teach a moral story, of behavior and love. The three plays, King Lear, Much Ado About nothing, and Macbeth, the parents are very stubborn and their views are very narrow toward their children. The children know that they are treated poorly but love their parents although they have many faults in trust and love. Each play ends with a loving relationship because thoughts about one another is cleared up and they live happily ever after....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 1014 words
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Comparing the Character of Life in As You Like It and King Lear - The Character of Life in As You Like It and King Lear        Through comedy and tragedy Shakespeare reveals the vast expanses and profound depths of the character of life. For him they are not separate worlds of drama and romance, but poles of a continuum. The distinction between tragedy and comedy is called in question when we turn to Shakespeare. Though the characters differ in stature and power, and the events vary in weight and significance, the movements of life in all Shakespeare's plays are governed by the same universal principles which move events in our own lives....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Free King Lear Essays: The Unaccommodated Man - The Unaccommodated Man in King Lear In William Shakespeare's King Lear, betrayal is a common event that leads to the downfall of some of the characters. In today's society, there are two main attitudes that are generally taken towards these fallen individuals or unaccommodated men. The first attitude is more of a pessimistic, judgmental attitude. This attitude puts the majority of the blame on the individuals themselves. The individuals are portrayed as being responsible either due to ignorance or laziness, and it is thought that the individuals got themselves into their deprived situation and they can also find their way out....   [tags: free essay writer] 907 words
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'the Excellent Foppery of the World': Skepticism in King Lear - `The Excellent Foppery of the World': Skepticism in King Lear "As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods; / They kill us for their sport." (4.1.41-42) So bemoans the blinded and despondent Earl of Gloucester in King Lear. Whether his claim deserves merit, while intriguing, is far beyond the scope of this paper. What I do intend to explore, however, is whether Shakespeare's play supports or opposes these and other skeptical ideas. I will argue that King Lear strongly advocates a skeptical worldview, not just in regards to belief in theism, but in all areas....   [tags: European Literature] 1931 words
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King Lear And Hamlet: The Makings Of A Tragic Hero - In William Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, the plot is driven by the misguided and sometimes baseless decisions made by King Lear and the brutality of family members towards one another. Like many other Shakespeare tragedies, this play is a commentary on action versus inaction, which is also seen in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hamlet is the prince of Denmark who is thrown into a tragic situation when his father is killed at the hand of his own brother, Hamlet's uncle Claudius. Both characters are riddled by family strife, the difficulty of running a nation, and dealing with the complex workings of their own mind....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1862 words
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Comparing Femininity in The Woman Warrior and King Lear - Femininity in The Woman Warrior and King Lear         What is femininity. What role should women play in society. These are questions that humanity has faced ever since the first hunter-gatherer tribes developed. Gender roles, at least in the popular imagination, were clear; the men hunted for big game, the women picked nuts and berries. There were clear reasons for this - hunting required the brute muscular strength of the male, while gathering did not. But as humanity invented labor-saving devices, physical strength became less and less important to survival, while "mental strength" - strength of character - played an ever-increasing role....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Feminine Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth and King Lear - Feminine Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth and King Lear In Shakespeare's plays King Lear and Macbeth, evil is represented in both women and men. It is significant to the plots of both plays and to their impact through theme and character that evil actions are performed by women. The construction of evil female characters also gives insight into Shakespeare's view of women and their roles in society. The plot of King Lear is set in motion by the conversation between Lear and his daughters....   [tags: Papers] 954 words
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Christian Vs Nihilist interpretations of King Lear - Christian Versus a Nihilist Interpretation of King Lear Traditional, orthodox or dominant views are opposed by resistant, variant, dissident, divergent, subversive, aberrant or niche ones. King Lear arouses dialectical or polemic interpretations because it, like most of Shakespeare’s tragedies is a problematic play raising complex questions without providing neat pat solutions. Until 1962, the play was presented in either the sanitised and now totally discredited Nahum Tate’s version with a fairy tale "everyone lived happily ever after" ending or a traditional Aristotelian interpretation attempting to engender audience empathy, identification, "arousing pity and fear", leading to the pur...   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1885 words
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A Comparison of Pride in King Lear and The Duchess of Malfi - The Sin of Pride Exposed in King Lear, and The Duchess of Malfi   In this brief monograph, we shall be hunting down and examining various creatures from the bestiary of Medieval/Renaissance thought. Among these are the fierce lion of imperious, egotistical power, a pair of fantastic peacocks, one of vanity, one of preening social status, and the docile lamb of humility. The lion and the peacocks are of the species known as pride, while the lamb is of an entirely different, in fact antithetical race, that of humility and forgiveness....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1555 words
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King Lear Essay Lear?s descent into madness and his subsequent recognition of his faults - In the play King Lear, Madness occupies a central place and is associated with both disorder and insanity. Madness intertwines itself within the thoughts of suicide of many characters that undergo hardships. It is deep within all the characters and is shown in many ways. In Lear’s mind, madness reflects the chaos that has descended upon his kingdom. He is affected by the wheel of fortune as he is stripped of his royalty, to become nothing more than a mad commoner. Lear then learns humility as he is joined by Edgar....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy - A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy First of all I would like to say that the Swan theatre in Stratford was excellent. The three levels were used excellently, people were walking on all the three levels, arguing with each other, and making announcements, people were talking from the different floors and moving on all the different levels, but somehow through some great timing it never became confusing, it was a feature that could have confused the audience but it was executed well....   [tags: Papers] 842 words
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Villains, Sin, and Sex in Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear - Villains, Sin, and Sex in Othello and King Lear    Many of Shakespeare plays are littered with crude and graphic sexual references, jests, and insults. But there is one type of character present throughout Shakespeare's plays that twist the sexual imagery and repartee, and that is the villain. There is a deeply rooted combination between sex and evil.  This essay will develop this idea in depth by focusing on Iago of Othello and Edmund of King Lear.     Iago is probably viewed as one of Shakespeare's greatest villains....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Consequences of Choosing an Heir - William Shakespeare uses his play, King Lear, to explore the consequences of a monarch making a poor political decision in choosing their heir. The recent events within England associated with the passing of Queen Elizabeth I and the uncertain future the kingdom faced with their new ruler, King James I, can be compared and contrasted with the choosing of an heir within King Lear and the outcomes each situation. King Lear is meant to display the drastic negative consequences of such an important decision that weaken a kingdom while the real world situation turned out to be not nearly as morbid and displayed how a wise ruling choice could strengthen multiple kingdoms....   [tags: queen elizabeth, shakespeare, king lear]
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The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear - The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear similarly experience an "unhooking" (Tompkins) in the eponymous plays. These tragic figures struggle with internal and external femininity: after realizing their emotions and labeling them feminine, they identify women as the source of this negative femininity. Their inability to deal with the female gender in any form destabilizes their masculinity, causing an unhooking/unlatching within them....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Nonsense Is Defined by Its Inability to be Defined Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear's Alice in Wonderland - ... Yet one of the greatest paradoxes is the transformation of Alice over the course of the novel as well as the transformation of the duchess. Alice begins as an ignorant child; she has difficulties in morphing to the logic and needs of Wonderland yet as the novel continues Alice grows in her logic. She becomes intelligent and learns to be smarter in her discussions with the creatures and is able to make sense of the nonsense itself. Yet, Alice is forced to grow the nonsense of Wonderland itself, otherwise if she doesn’t she will not be able to handle the consistent contradiction of logic that Wonderland provides....   [tags: literature, limericks, stereotypes]
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Analyzing Shakespeare´s Account of Human Nature in King Lear in Comparison With Other Authors - Human nature is a concept that has interested scholars throughout history. Many have debated over what human nature is – that is, the distinguishing characteristics that are unique to humans by nature – while others have mulled over the fact that the answer to the question “what is human nature?” may be unattainable or simply not worth pursuing. Shakespeare explores the issue of human nature in his tragedy King Lear. In his play, he attempts to portray that human nature is either entirely good or entirely evil....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Nicomachean Ethics] 1435 words
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A Compare/Contrast Analysis of Plot Development Between Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear - Shakespeare’s dramatic theatre performances have long endured the test of time. His tales of love and loss, and even some history, make a reader think about events in their own life and what they wish to accomplish in life. Though written for the stage, Shakespeare’s plays have life lessons that readers of the great works can take put into effect in their own lives. Some may say that his plays are out dated, and are something of the past; though they were written in the 1600’s, they have morals and themes that can apply to life....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]
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How the Sub-Plot Mirrors the Main Plot in King Lear by William Shakespeare - How the Sub-Plot Mirrors the Main Plot in King Lear by William Shakespeare One can say that the sub plot does mirror the main plot to some extent. Some are in subtle ways and some are in the more obvious ways. Shakespeare has two plots in order to intensify the main theme of tragedy that runs throughout this play. The main plot is in which King Lear is the tragic hero however it is clear that just by misfortune he is deprived of something very valuable to him by error of judgment and this is immediately highlighted in the first scene of Act one where he goes through a rapid transition of loving to hating his only truly loyal daughter Cordelia....   [tags: Papers] 909 words
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Robes and Furred Gowns Hide All: A Study of Social Illusions in King Lear and Brave New World - ... And as a result of his birth, Edmund is excluded of the inheritance granted to children of noble birth. Being born within Gloucester’s marital bond makes Edgar a legitimate child, who consistently overshadows his bastard brother Edmund. And since Edgar is Gloucester’s only ‘proper’ son, he receives all the privileges of his father. Although Edmund is in no way physically or mentally lesser than Edgar, stating that “[his] dimensions are as well compact,/[His] mind as generous, and [his] shape as true”(1....   [tags: perspective, reality, ideals, society] 1038 words
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Comparing Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and William Shakespeare's King Lear - Comparing Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and William Shakespeare's King Lear Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres is a modern version of William Shakespeare's King Lear.  The tragic ideas brought out by King Lear are revisited in A Thousand Acres both containing universal themes in which societies from past to present can identify with.  Tragedy is a form of drama that depicts the suffering of a heroic individual who is often overcome by the very obstacles he is struggling to remove.  The novel and play each contain distinct tragic elements that lead to the development of similar characters, plot, and images but both have distinct themes.  A Thousand Acres provides a new interpretation of...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Blindness and Sight - Lack of Vision in Oedipus the King - Parental Blindness in King Lear As Shakespeare presents to us a tragic pattern of parental and filial love, in which a prosperous man is devested of power and finally recognises his "folly", empathy is induced in the audience. In "King Lear", it is noted from the beginning of the play that both Lear and Gloucester suffer from self-approbation and will consequently find revelation by enduring "the rack of this tough world". While Lear mistakenly entrusts the shallow professions of love from his "thankless" daughters - Goneril and Regan - instead of the selfless words of Cordelia, Gloucester shadows a similar ignorance by initially entrusting love in the evil Edmund, rather than Edgar, whom...   [tags: King Lear essays] 972 words
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A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear - A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear Introduction ============ Throughout ‘King Lear’, Shakespeare uses the play’s characters to make judgements on society using blindness as a metaphor that runs through the play. He does this in a number of ways portraying characters that can be fooled by others’ flattery, or are easily manipulated or deceived, or simply have a lack of wisdom. As well as the horrific physical blinding of Gloucester, blindness is used as a metaphor for characters’ lack of insight, moral blindness, and a lack of perception into other’s needs and interests....   [tags: Papers] 1551 words
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Comapring Father/Daughter Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres - Father/Daughter Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres     The bond between a father and a daughter stands as one of the strongest emotional bonds present within many families. From the moment their little girls emerge from the womb to the moment their young women marry, the father reigns as the head of the household, the controller, and the protector. Though this rings true for many families, sometimes Daddy's little girls make all the rules. They possess the ability to acquire what they want through their incessant whining, crying, and batting of their eyelashes....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Motivations and Personalities of Characters in Act One of William Shakespeare's King Lear - Motivations and Personalities of Characters in Act One of William Shakespeare's King Lear The opening scenes to the play establish the main characters well for the duration of the play. There are two main plots, which involve most of the main characters. The main plot consists of King Lear dividing his kingdom up between his three daughters, Gonerill Regan and Cordelia. However one, Cordelia, does not receive any land. The plot then entails the aftermath and the problems that follow such a mix up....   [tags: Papers] 1473 words
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The Importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's King Lear - The Importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's King Lear In a play of immense grandeur, Shakespeare has created within King Lear; a character so depraved that he appears to step beyond the realms of forgiveness. Act 1ii is the keystone of King Lear - its significance and influence radiates throughout the whole of the play. Interwoven with and parallel to the central story line, the subplot is used to enhance and develop the key themes of this tragic masterpiece. The scene also begins the plot to crack the ‘bond…‘twixt son and father’....   [tags: Papers] 1336 words
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King Lear: A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning? - King Lear&#8212;A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning. A King is supposed to have all that he needs without having to worry about anything in his late years. Yet King Lear, in Act 3, Scene 2, cried out in pitifully: &#8220;I am a man / More sinned against than sinning.'; Although Lear has made a huge mistake in the first scene of the play in dividing up his kingdom and banishing his two dearest people, the sins his two other ungrateful daughters have done him is far greater than the extent of Lear&#8217;s wrongs....   [tags: essays research papers] 1338 words
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King Lear as a Tragedy Caused by Arrogance, Rash Decisions and Poor Judgement of Character - King Lear as a Tragedy Caused by Arrogance, Rash Decisions and Poor Judgement of Character Shakespeare lays out the fate of all the characters in Ling Lear within the first scene of the play, leaving no doubt in the audience's mind that a terrible mistake is taking place, because of the way other characters react, Kent for example. Ironically the king states his wish "that future strife be prevented" by his division of the kingdom between his three daughters on declarations of their love....   [tags: Papers] 546 words
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The Characters Jane from Jane Eyre, John and Mustapha from Brave New World, and Edgar from King Lear - Joy, Fear, and Impatience are what a good character makes you feel. A thoughtful and interesting character always leaves you wanting more, like a good movie, once it’s done, you’re always left wanting more. The characters that took me on a roller coaster ride were, Jane from Jane Eyre, John and Mustapha from Brave New World, and Edgar from King Lear. These characters lead me up and down on roller coaster full of joy. “You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both” (Ralph Emerson) Power is what Mustapha Mond chose; he gave up his joy and dreams, for ultimate power....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1018 words
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The Importance of the Plot in Shakespeare’s Works - Children these days are always told that they have their own talents; they just have to search for them. However some talents people aren’t born with, they are learned. When it comes to writing skills, there are three important qualities. Content, characters, and plot development. Due to creativity, content is fairly easy to come by. Once a person has decided what they’re going to write, characters are just a matter of imagination. Yet, the development of the plot is a hard process. The way in which the plot is developed shows the intent of the writer....   [tags: king lear, much ado about nothing]
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Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms - Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms           Over the course of time, many things tend to transform significantly. Such is the case of tragic literature and the cathartic effect it has on the reader, which has deteriorated a great deal from Sophocles' writing of the true tragedy, Oedipus Rex. King Lear exemplifies partial decomposition of catharsis, whereas Desire Under The Elms epitomises an almost total collapse of the cathartic effect. It is assumed that the lower the social status of the tragic hero, the weaker the ability of the 1990's audience to identify with the character's flaw....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Shakespeare's use of the Renaissance Idea of Fatalism and Imagery in King Lear - Shakespeare's use of the Renaissance Idea of Fatalism and Imagery in King Lear In a play about individual tragedies, fatalism plays an important part. Shakespeare effectively uses cosmic imagery to define his characters and to explore the idea of journeys linked to self-discovery by relating it to the imagery of rotating circles. Shakespeare uses Renaissance theology to explain character motivation. In the 16th century there was a great belief in astronomy. People believed in the harmony of the spheres and they were ruled by this idea of thhe natural alignment of the nine planets in their orbits....   [tags: Papers] 3102 words
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Comparing A Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Richard II, and King Lear - Relation between Nature and Man in A Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Richard II, and King Lear         A Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Richard II, and King Lear all represent different philosophies people hold regarding the phenomenon of their lives. The relationships between humans and outside forces differ between the plays too. A Midsummer's Night's Dream emphasizes natures part in human life. It is seen as the driving force for everything good and bad. Divine decree is the emphasis in King Richard II....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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An Analysis of Main Characters of Shakespeare in Othello, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and Macbeth - An Analysis of Main Characters of Shakespeare in Othello, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and Macbeth William Shakespere had a unique gift for finding what his audience liked then sticking with it. He wrote to entertain and knew what people wanted. In his work you can find repetion in the actions, stories, and characters that he created. Four main characters in Othello, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and MacBeth are all distinctly different and also so much alike. You will be able to see these contrasts threw a brief discription of each character....   [tags: Papers] 2934 words
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Mary, Eve, and Lilith in Shakespeare's King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth - Mary, Eve, and Lilith in King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth       Feminist criticism often explores the symbolic or archetypal use of the Biblical figures of Mary and Eve in literary criticism. One figure which seems appropriate to such discussions, but so far neglected it seems, is the figure of Lilith. Indeed, in the case of Shakespearean criticism, Lilith seems an appropriate model at times for such characters as Goneril, Regan, Lady Macbeth, and so forth. Accordingly, it is my intention to explore this lost archetype and relate it to three of Shakespeare's tragedies: King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Consider the accuracy of Lear?s claim that he is ?a man / More sinned against than sinning? - King Lear is throught the whole play a man who is a sinner and the victim of the evil deeds of those who surround him, those he keeps most close mostly are the worst sinners against him. He thinks he does the right good things but has to find out that almost everything he did out of meaning well by the people he considered as the good ones at the time he did it were the wrong moves. When Lear realizes that his moves seem to have been wrong he tells Kent and the Fool during a storm that he is “a man / More sinned against than sinning”, knowing that he also made mistakes, not only the others....   [tags: essays research papers] 1474 words
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Shakespeare's King Lear - Father/Son Conflicts Caused by Inferiority Complex and Power Struggle - Throughout the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare, a conflict is conveyed through father and son: Gloucester and Edmund. Although the cause of this conflict is Gloucester’s betrayal by his bastard son, Edmund, there is more to this conflict than a simple power struggle. Through intertwining plots and scandals, Edmund creates a forged letter, destructively “written” by his half-brother, Edgar, having to do with his made up plans to murder his father, Gloucester. Edmund surpasses this first betrayal and reaches the epitome of evil when he plots against his father by finding ways to cross Gloucester with Regan and Cornwall, further enhancing his potential inheritance and power....   [tags: essays research papers] 465 words
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Similarities Between Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear and Ginny in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres - Similarities Between Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear and Ginny in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres It is amazing to me the extraordinary job that Jane Smiley has done with her book A Thousand Acres. The parallels that she draws with Shakespeare's classic story of King Lear are unsurpassed by any book to which I have had the pleasure of reading. These two works represent an excellent example of literature that is able to engage readers young and old. In A Thousand Acres, I read Ginny as being the reserved quiet daughter who, up until the very end, bends to her father's tyranny....   [tags: Comparative Essay, Classical, Literature] 319 words
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King Lear - Reaction to Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm I found the ending to Aunt Ada Doom's story a very Austen-like way of dispelling the myth of the Madwoman in the Attic. And, of course, Flora gets this idea from Mansfield Park. The madwoman, who isn't truly mad to begin with, can be cured with something as simple as a copy of Vogue and a trip to Paris. There is no ongoing psychological torment or dramatic death. Madness can be cured by good, old-fashioned materialism. Perhaps Bertha Rochester could have undergone the same "therapy." Elfine's wedding reception also seems to be a way of putting down Victorian psychological drama and upholding Austen's purism: There they all we...   [tags: essays research papers] 434 words
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King Lear - The Islamic Empires In early modern history, there were three major Islamic empires that became prominent. The Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughals. We will descuss the Development of these empires by listing their similarities and differences, and their political, social and cultural backgrounds. Next, we will get into the three empires reign of power and also give a discription of some of the great leaders of these empires and their legacy. All of these Islamic Empires had Turkish ruling dynasties....   [tags: essays research papers] 1058 words
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Getting Learical: Gods, Elements and Amusing (or Heartrending) Self-Contradictions - When Lear is metaphorically stripped of his manhood in Act Two, Scene Four of the play that bears his name, the audience is left to ponder over the quantifiable loss of power which accompanies the man who has been duped out of his kingdom by his daughters. Surely Shakespeare’s use of a specific number of men serves to provide a concrete example of the sad old man’s dwindling power. The scene is almost always staged to portray a pathetic Lear, betrayed by his daughters, bereft of a kingdom and ripped from his one-hundred soldiers – his last possession and sole-signifier of his time as king....   [tags: literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1627 words
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Balance and use of Reason and Emotion by 17th Century Writers and Examples - Writers of the seventeenth century had varied approaches to the relationship between reason and emotion. Most writers included the use of both reason and emotion throughout their works, but emphasized the dominance of either reason or emotion. In Shakespeare’s King Lear, for example, many characters that become dominated by emotional needs make poor decisions, while characters with rational stances tend to thrive based upon their wise decisions. Robert Herrick’s poem, “To the Virgins, to make much of Time,” is another work that focuses on the dominance of rational actions and decisions over emotional needs....   [tags: Shakespeare, Literary works]
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The Consequences of Avarice - Throughout history, the human race seems to be driven by greed and controlled by the obsession of obtaining power. In fact, greed, at times leads specific individuals in history to become power hungry; in their search for power, their greed is usually never satisfied and their journey carries them through an unfortunate trail to unhappiness, isolation, and betrayal. Leaders in history like Hitler, Napolean, Machiavelli, and Richard Nixon showed great potential to be positively influential, but their power-hungry motives motivated them to be driven by uncontrollable avarice....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Essay About Criticism Of Shakespeares Plays - Essay About Criticism of Shakespeare's Plays When attempting to read criticism of Shakespeare plays one idea is clear: if the review was written more than five or ten years ago the essay is likely to be exclusive when it comes to the women in Shakespeare. Little attention had been given to the women of Shakespeare prior to the seventies feminist movement. The women in King Lear deserve attention just as women in every Shakespearean play do. A common idea among critics is that the women perpetuated evil and were not worthy of acknowledgment for anything else....   [tags: essays research papers] 2142 words
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The Conflict Between Loyalty and Greed - Themes are often used to portray a deeper character insight. In Shakespeare’s King Lear, many themes seem to reflect a character’s values based off their decisions and actions. Specifically, these are conflicting themes of loyalty and greed, where the characters have mutual relationships between each other but oppose each others’ morals. This is seen through Cordelia and her sisters; Regan and Goneril, and their treatment towards their father, Albany and his brother in law Cornwall’s dealings regarding King Lear and Gloucester and lastly, Edgar and his half brother Edmund, with the actions towards their father, Gloucester....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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The Nature of Loyalty - The Nature of Loyalty In the play King Lear, Shakespeare presents the reader with many negative views of society, and of human nature. One of the few bright spots in the play is Kent, a very loyal and honest man. Through Kent and his actions, Shakespeare shows the reader the nature of true loyalty. Kent's nature is evident from the very first time he talks to Lear. Lear has begun to detail his disappointment in Cordelia, and announce that he will not be providing her with a dowry. Kent interrupts Lear's speech with a cry of "Good my liege" (Shakespeare 17)....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 671 words
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Parental Blindness / Filial Ingratitude / Madness - As Shakespeare presents to us a tragic pattern of parental and filial love, in which a prosperous man is devested of power and finally recognises his "folly", empathy is induced in the audience. In "King Lear", it is noted from the beginning of the play that both Lear and Gloucester suffer from self-approbation and will consequently find revelation by enduring "the rack of this tough world". While Lear mistakenly entrusts the shallow professions of love from his "thankless" daughters - Goneril and Regan - instead of the selfless words of Cordelia, Gloucester shadows a similar ignorance by initially entrusting love in the evil Edmund, rather than Edgar...   [tags: essays research papers] 968 words
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Judith Butler's Gender Troubles Asserts Gender and Sexuality in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - “Be advised, fair maid. To you your father should be as a god, One that composed your beauties; yea, and one To whom you are but as a form in wax, By him imprinted, and within his power To leave the figure, or disfigure it.” - William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Judith Butler in her book Gender Troubles asserts that gender is a construction of an individual’s society and upbringing, believing that the concept of female and male identity is not inherent to the individual but is rather a product of society....   [tags: inferiority, roles, punishment]
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Women in William Shakespeare’s Plays -        Shakespeare and the members of the Elizabethan era would be appalled at the freedoms women experience today.  The docility of Elizabethan women is almost a forgotten way of life. What we see throughout Shakespeare’s plays is an insight into the female character as perceived by Elizabethan culture.  Shakespeare’s female characters reflect the Elizabethan era’s image of women; they were to be virtuous and obedient and those that were not were portrayed as undesirable and even evil.     When one considers Shakespeare’s female characters, one has to remember that the plays were written in a time when women were considered weak-minded creatures who were apt to make bad choices if given t...   [tags: Women in Shakespeare’s Plays]
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